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    Focus turns to special teams/Rams lookng at Lewis

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Wednesday, Mar. 22 2006

    After signing four potential defensive starters in free agency, plus a backup
    quarterback in Gus Frerotte, the Rams are turning their attention to special
    teams this week.

    Carolina punter Jason Baker arrived Tuesday afternoon at Rams Park for a
    free-agent visit that concludes today. New Orleans kick returner Michael Lewis
    is scheduled to visit Thursday.

    Baker, 27, is coming off the best year of his career, averaging 43.3 yards a
    punt with a net average of 38.9 for the Panthers. Both figures are career
    highs, and his net average led the NFC.

    Baker, a former Iowa Hawkeye, punted for San Francisco, Philadelphia, Kansas
    City, Denver and Indianapolis in his previous four NFL seasons before signing
    with Carolina last year. Before last season, Baker's career average was only
    39.6 yards.

    But in a lean year for punters in free agency, Baker and Baltimore's Dave
    Zastudil were considered the best available punters. Zastudil has signed with
    Cleveland. An added bonus for Baker is that he also kicks off. Baltimore and
    Seattle also have shown interest.

    Lewis, 34, played in only two games last season for New Orleans before
    suffering a season-ending knee injury in September. Before the injury, Lewis
    had a reputation as one of the league's top return men, averaging 24.5 yards a
    kickoff return and 11.2 yards a punt return in his previous four NFL seasons. A
    2002 Pro Bowler, Lewis has four career return touchdowns.

    Play dough

    The four-year free-agent contract signed by defensive tackle Ryan Pickett in
    Green Bay is worth $14 million, according to figures filed with the NFL Players
    Association. Of that total, Pickett gets $2 million in signing bonus money,
    plus a roster bonus of $3 million in September.

    Pickett's base salaries are as follows: $1.475 million in 2006; $1.475 million
    in 2007; $2.475 million in 2008; and $2.975 million in 2009. He also gets a
    $500,000 roster bonus before the 2007 campaign, plus $25,000 offseason workout
    bonuses in each of the four seasons. The Rams had offered Pickett a five-year,
    $16 million deal.

    Defensive tackle Damione Lewis signed a two-year, $3.9 million contract with
    Carolina. Lewis gets a $1.5 million signing bonus, plus base salaries of
    $600,000 in 2006 and $1.2 million in 2007. He also gets a $100,000 workout
    bonus and a $500,000 roster bonus in 2007.

    Ram-blings

    Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has spoken with free-agent DT Grady Jackson,
    who played in Green Bay last fall, about the possibility of playing in St.
    Louis.


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    Re: Focus turns to special teams

    The four-year free-agent contract signed by defensive tackle Ryan Pickett in
    Green Bay is worth $14 millionThe Rams had offered Pickett a five-year,$16 million deal.
    So he turned down an extra $2 mill and one year. I guess he made up his mind that he didn't want to return. Oh well, see ya Grease.
    JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS


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    michael Lewis on the Rams?

    Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports free agent WR Michael Lewis (Saints) will visit with the St. Louis Rams Thursday, March 23.
    Do we really need to waste our money on another WR?:bored:

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    Re: michael Lewis on the Rams?

    hes not really a WR hes a specialist KR/PR infact hes only like 5'8'' and dosent catch well at all

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    Re: michael Lewis on the Rams?

    This is purely a move to improve the return game,I dont think tey see him being anything more than a kick returner

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    Re: michael Lewis on the Rams?

    Rams | Rumblings are they may pursue M. Lewis
    Mon, 20 Mar 2006 16:46:49 -0800

    Nick Wagoner, of StLouisRams.com, reports the St. Louis Rams need to improve their kickoff and punt return games. There is interest in filling that need in the NFL Draft, but someone such as free agent WR Michael Lewis (Saints) might also be in the mix or so go the rumblings around the team.

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    Re: Focus turns to special teams/Rams lookng at Lewis

    I like the fact that we are looking at Lewis as a return specialist. This year is so different than the past few, I hope it works out for us because it's a welcome change from not making many moves in Free Agency.

    Even if things don't go our way with our signings, at least the FO made some moves and tried to improve the team, and didn't just sit on their hands. They deserve some credit for that at the very least.
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    Re: Focus turns to special teams/Rams lookng at Lewis

    You've got to like Lewis' past numbers and pro bowl appearance, but a 34 year old coming off a season ending knee injury raises some red flags.

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    Re: Focus turns to special teams/Rams lookng at Lewis

    guys i hate to go this way, but how old is tony horn?

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    Re: Focus turns to special teams/Rams lookng at Lewis

    I wish we would have resigned Chris Johnson
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    Re: Focus turns to special teams/Rams lookng at Lewis

    Yeah I agree with RF16 on this one, go get the youth; he did return one for a td last year for us.

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